VNUS™ Surgery Utilizing RF Energy
The VNUS™ Closure procedure is an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery. In fact it rendered vein stripping as obsolete. VNUS Closure brings state of the art technology to an old disease.
The Closure procedure is an outpatient treatment performed at Scottsdale Vein Center. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area. A thin catheter is then inserted into the vein through a small opening, using only a single needle stick. The catheter delivers radio frequency (RF) energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut.
Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and recirculate blood from your legs. As normal return flow is reestablished, your symptoms improve noticeably. Your body absorbs the prior veins, which after the procedure become fibrous tissue.
Sclerotherapy is a very popular method of eliminating spider veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into each affected vein. This solution causes a reaction to the inner lining of each vein causing its inner walls to adhere, sticking together especially when compressed (Which is why wearing compression stockings following any procedure is important. Your Scottsdale Vein Center surgeon will provide consultation regarding compression stockings.). This results in closure of the vein and reabsorption over time. A small needle is used to perform the injections and most patients relate the discomfort level to that of an ant bite—if they feel discomfort at all. Patients who complete Sclerotherapy treatment are typically extremely satisfied with their results.
The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient, depending on the extent and size of each patient’s superficial vein system. On average two or three treatments is required. Treatment sessions last approximately 40 minutes each. During these sessions all the surfaces of each leg will be treated. Treatments are completed on four-week intervals until optimal results are achieved.
Patients with a history of spider veins tend to develop new ones. In such cases a yearly touchup procedure may be recommended by your Scottsdale Vein Center physician.
Ultra Sound-Guided Sclerotherapy Closure for Deep Refluxing Veins
Deep, painful veins can be surgically treated by identifying problem veins utilizing ultrasound. Each vein can then be treated in the Scottsdale Vein Center with a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided procedure.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are smaller, are often red or blue in color, and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like a tree branch or spider web with their short jagged lines. Spider veins can be found on both the legs and the face. They can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.